Archive for November 9th, 2009

Overeating Dogs: Is Your Pup One?

Overeating Dogs: Is Your Pup One?

Hope for the opposite as we may, humans don’t enter this world on an even playing field. Even excluding complex socioeconomic issues, inequality lurks in our medical charts: some of us are genetically predisposed for medical issues such as heart disease and certain cancers. A study from Harvard’s School of Public health suggests that our genes even make some of us more likely to be obese*.

The genetic injustice doesn’t stop with homo sapiens. Our canine companions can be genetically fated for certain disorders as well due to breeding practices. Over countless generations, dog enthusiasts created the various breeds by selecting and breeding only dogs that displayed certain desired traits, such as certain coat colors and face shapes. This selective breeding for appealing qualities depleted genetic diversity, leaving weaknesses in individual dogs’ genetic maps.

For instance, the intense breeding required to produce the Dalmatian’s stunning spots also brought their genetic predisposition for ailments such as kidney stones and deafness. Along the same lines, poodles are well-loved around the world for their gorgeous, hypo-allergenic fur and intelligence. Unfortunately, rigorous breeding to satisfy demand for these popular pooches has also made poodles the breed most predisposed to disease: they have been linked to 145 genetically-influenced disorders.

Obesity is no exception. In many cases, the causes of obesity are self-evident: as in humans, when a dog eats too much, and exercises too little, he or she is likely to become overweight. Additionally, low-quality, low-protein dog foods may encourage overeating, as dogs need to eat more to feel satiated. The majority of canine obesity cases are rooted in these causes.

However, certain dog breeds are more likely to gain excessive weight, for the reasons listed below. If you’re feeling worried because your adorable puppy’s breed is listed, take heart: we’ve also listed techniques for preventing weight gain, or, if it’s too late for prevention, helping your dog shed those extra pounds.

Chow Hounds: Breeds Likely to Eat Quickly

A quick review of the history of the canine species explains why some dogs practically inhale their food. Many experts believe that dogs broke off into separate species 15,000 years ago, when certain wolves opted to step into a new human-created niche, living near the easy food supplies of waste dumps. In this circumstance, it made sense for dogs to eat quickly, so they could ingest as much food as possible before the appearance of rival dogs or predators.

Today, the original utility of rapid consumption has been replaced with the problems of obesity and dog bloat. Obesity results when owners often assume that their chow hound is still hungry, leading to over-feeding. Gastric tortion, or dog bloat, is a much more immediately severe disorder in which the dog sucks up air with their food, causing the stomach to twist in on itself, blocking exits, even as digestion continues to release more gas. The deep, narrow chests of breeds such as the Collies and the St. Bernard make them more likely to suffer dog bloat. Other fast eaters include large breeds such as Labrador retrievers, Basset Hounds, Rottweilers and any dog that had to worry about having its food taken away as a puppy. Keep in mind that any breed may eat too quickly; monitor your dog’s eating habits to determine if he or she is overeating food.

How to Slow your Chow Hound Down

? Set a consistent feeding schedule, and stick to it. Many vets suggest two daily feedings, in the morning and evening. Record how much you typically feed your dog each day, and check with your vet to see if this is an appropriate amount. Avoid giving your dog table scraps and other people treats.

? Create an obstacle in your dog’s bowl. Some owners and vets recommend placing a tennis ball or large rock in your dog’s bowl to slow eating. Other, more aesthetically-pleasing solutions, like the DogPause Bowl, uses the same principal to simply but effectively slow down a dog’s eating pattern. These bowls have half-cup divisions in the bowl that create an obstacle for your puppy to work around in order to get to its meal.

Canine Energy: Breeds that Need Lots of Exercise

Some dogs were specifically bred for work. Shepherds were bred to run around all day herding sheep, for instance. It’s no surprise, then, that work dogs like German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers, and Beagles put on extra weight when they don’t get daily exercise.

How to Get Your Four-Legged Friend Back to a Healthy Weight:

? Get out there and play. A half hour of exercise is a good idea for all dogs, regardless of size. Your dog may need more – some vets recommend that you walk your dog one city block for every ten pounds of weight. Talk to your vet about the recommended amount of exercise for your puppy to see if his or her breed may require a little extra time running around to stay in shape.

~Ben Anton, 2008

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Definition and Function of Wireless Dog Fence

Definition and Function of Wireless Dog Fence

Wireless dog fence is an electronic fence and a revolutionary product that provides the basic functions of a state-of-the-art dog fence system. This wireless dog containment system is designed to keep your dog within defined boundaries to set them aside from the areas that needs to be protected.

As compared to other wooden or metal fences, wireless dog fence will prevent your pet dogs from digging their way under fences. With the use of this wireless pet containment system, you will be the one to design, layout and control the wire boundary that you think will best and effectively train your dogs.

Most wireless dog fence products provide similar results and operate in the following manners. It effectively transmits a wireless fence radio frequency signal around your home where the boundaries were set. Then your dog wears a lightweight water proof receiver collar which detects the signal from the wireless fence. And while this signal is being detected, your dogs have all the time to freely run and play. But as soon as it approaches the boundary of the wireless fence signal area, this is the time that a warning beeps from the fence.

At the same time, when your dog keeps going on the restricted area and the warning beep continues, a certain harmless startling light static energy pulse will then be received by your dog in just a matter of second and will instantly move it back until your dog won’t feel that pulse anymore. Thus with this kind of system, the wireless dog fence serves as the transmitter while the lightweight water proof collar is the receiver. As this simple and quick training will repeatedly be done each day, we guarantee that your dog quickly learn its boundaries and know the difference between safe area and the restricted one.

Moreover, installing this very effective dog training kit is just quick and easy. The range of the wireless dog fence boundary can be set up to 180 feet in diameter and can contain a dog size of around 15 to 50 pounds. It gives you and your dog a 24 hour protection while leaving a remarkable dog training experience. You don’t have to worry about signal interruptions since our wireless dog fence signal can be transmitted consistently through walls or any obstacles.

Therefore, you can place it in any convenient and discreet areas in your house and can contain any number of pets as long as each one is wearing a collar receiver. But if you think you need to adjust the containment area, you can also increase it by using our additional transmitters.

Wireless dog fence is highly recommended to all pet owners who want to make their home organized and set prohibited areas for dogs. This is also another way to avoid keeping track on your pet wastes and preventing them from damaging any materials at home.

The author is a pet lover and web copywriter connected to a company that specializes in wireless dog fence , dog containment system and other affordable dog fence products that are safe and easy to install.

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